Laser Hair Removal Procedure vs. Home-use IPL Handset—What’s the score?

//Laser Hair Removal Procedure vs. Home-use IPL Handset—What’s the score?

Laser Hair Removal Procedure vs. Home-use IPL Handset—What’s the score?

Many women shave every three days to control excessive growth on the face and body. This means spending four months out of a year just to keep the legs, underarms, arms, or bikini area smooth and hair-free. Shaving is a standard method for hair removal for women, but is the result worth the effort?

If shaving or even plucking and waxing don’t work for you anymore, then there’s laser hair removal. You can say goodbye to razor burns, waxing woes, and ‘chicken skin’ with the laser option. And save the planet from at least a dozen disposable razors and up to 12 cans of shaving cream yearly, too!

Nowadays, handheld laser devices are widely available, but how effective are they compared to medical-grade lasers? Most home-use units are IPL types while hair removal procedures in Singapore utilise dual-platform lasers. What’s the difference? Read on and find out!

IPL Handsets

IPL or Intense Pulsed Light produces light energy to disrupt the growth of hair for a considerable amount of time. The light is absorbed by the melanin in black, brown or dark hair, which eventually destroys the hair.

Handheld IPLs produce a broad spectrum of wavelengths as opposed to the concentrated beams used in dual-platform laser procedures. The IPL’s varying wavelengths disperse at different depths, which means repetitive treatments are needed for it to be effective in getting rid of unwanted hair. 

However, home-use handsets are considerably cheaper than laser hair removal procedures. IPL units are generally safe for the face, but shouldn’t be used on the scalp or eyebrows–that’s anything below the cheeks, including the upper lip or chin.

What some online sellers may not be telling you is that they shouldn’t be used anywhere near the eyes as the glare may damage your sight. If the handheld IPL doesn’t come with protective eye shields, then you’d need to buy one for your own safety.

Your choice of hair removal method should ultimately come down to what works for your schedule, budget, and expectations. DIY solutions may seem appealing, but the results could be temporary. They may also pose health risks, unlike professional permanent laser hair removal solutions.

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Professional Laser Hair Removal Procedure

Laser hair removal procedures are more suited to darker people. It’s because duskier complexions absorb more light than lighter skin. Dark skin has more melanin (pigment), which is targeted by medical-grade lasers, sparing the surrounding skin.

Medical-grade hair removal lasers emit a single wavelength of light, zooming in on the pigment without harming the hair follicle. An average laser hair removal treatment requires 6 sessions with 4-6 weeks healing period between sessions to prevent stressing or irritating the skin.

Research shows that proper techniques performed by a certified and experienced technician render safe and effective results (Lim and Lanigan, 2006). There are risks associated with medical-grade lasers, but these are minimal. A thorough assessment is required to avert potential complications.

The procedure is administered by professionals trained to customise the device settings to your skin/hair and preferred results. Compared with handheld IPLs, dual-platform lasers deliver more rapid and focused light deep into the pores while distinguishing subtleties in pigmentation.

Whether it’s a home-use IPL or a dual-platform laser, there’s a risk of some skin irritation, redness, swelling, or itchiness. However, this should not last more than a day. The advantage of a hair removal procedure is that there’s a medical professional on hand to keep you safe and informed.

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Hair Removal: Choose the Method that Works for You!

At The Aesthetics Centre, we give each client a personalised consultation to determine the treatment that suits you best. The number of sessions depends on your skin tone and hair colour. Gray and blonde hair don’t respond well to the procedure as they have no pigment to target.

Since each client’s hair removal expectation is unique, some may already be happy with 50% to 60% hair reduction. Others prefer a maximum of 80% to 95%. You might be able to get hair removal results with an IPL handset, but significantly more treatments are needed.

With a professional laser hair removal procedure at The Aesthetics Centre in Singapore, you’ll also get a specific price quotation during your consultation with Dr Anita. The fees depend on the size of the targeted area, how much hair you want to get rid of, and how permanent are the results you want.

Whatever method works for you, be sure to use sunblock on the treated skin, and keep it moisturised. Don’t be discouraged if there’s still hair after the initial treatment as not all hair grows at the same time. It’s also crucial that you don’t scratch the treated skin, and keep it clean.

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Why The Aesthetics Centre in Singapore?

At The Aesthetics Centre, we use the GentleMax Pro™ by Candela™, which has been widely used in the industry for 20 years now. This dual-platform laser delivers a 755nm Alexandrite laser and a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser for different treatment options. It works on most types of Asian hair, too!

Alexandrite lasers produce a longer beam of light, which means fewer pulses are needed to get the work done. They come with rapid pulses, making them appropriate for quick treatments on large surface areas. Fewer pulses mean less discomfort and results that are more permanent than IPL. 

Nd:YAG is one of the industry’s latest technologies. It’s useful in removing hair on any skin tone. It also produces the longest beams, hence, requires even fewer pulses, shorter sessions, minimal discomfort, and reduced risk of complications.

The equipment used at The Aesthetics Centre can be set to wavelengths required by specific skin and hair types. They have built-in cooling systems that can be configured to the patient’s level of comfort. If there’s anything at all you need, our staff are on hand to answer all your questions.

So, for those who are willing to commit to an entire course of laser hair removal, you can book your appointment now. We also suggest that you check out these tips to help you prepare for a positive outcome. We’d love to help you get the hair-free, smooth, and glowing skin you’ve always wanted!

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About the Author:

Anita Soosay
Dr. Anita Soosay has more than 10 years of experience in private practice as an Aesthetics Medicine practitioner in Singapore. She is one of the certified users of Thermage and VASER Liposelection when they were first introduced in Singapore, and was trained under the tutelage of Prof. Alberto Di Giuseppe in Bologna, Italy. She is a certified LASER physician since 2007 and with experience in operating a number of ablative and non-ablative lasers such as the CO2 laser, Q-switched Nd-YAG, long-pulsed Nd-YAG, Diode and Copper Bromide laser. She also uses Intense Pulsed Light, Radio frequency and Infrared technologies in her array of non-invasive medical aesthetics treatments. Dr. Soosay is passionate about providing innovative and up-to-date medical aesthetics treatments that are safe and have scientifically proven results, with patient satisfaction being her top most priority.